Cuba: Engage or Isolate

Satellite image of Cuba in November 2001.

Satellite image of Cuba in November 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cuba: Engage or Isolate

There’s a lot going on in the news concerning events in Cuba.

 

Is it better to engage or isolate Cuba?  What’s my agenda here?  To promote travel everywhere!

 

Several of Daydream Excursions’ clients visited Russia this year and embarked on a 2 day tour of St. Petersburg.  It was all about taking in the amazing culture and interacting with the local people.

 

Here are some news clips to review:

 

From the Guardian:

 

The Guardian on normalizing relations

 

From the New York Times:

 

U.S. and Cuba, in Breakthrough, Will Resume Diplomatic Relations

 

By The New York Times @nytimes

From CNN

 

What do you think?  Engage or Isolate?

A 'maquina' or 'yank tank' in Trinidad, Cuba, ...

A ‘maquina’ or ‘yank tank’ in Trinidad, Cuba, 4 January 2004. (1956 Ford) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Did you know that US citizens can travel there now via the “People-To-People” program.  This program is offered by select escorted tour companies and includes segments where people take in Cuban culture.

 

More from Cuba Travel Services:

 

Individuals may travel to Cuba under the auspices of an organization granted a specific license to engage in educational exchanges in Cuba, without the individuals’ having to apply for a specific license on their own.

These educational exchanges need not involve academic study.

Organizations that sponsor and organize such programs to promote people-to-people contact may be granted a specific license.

Businesses as well as not-for-profits and academic institutions may qualify as an organization that sponsors and organizes programs to promote people-to-people contact.

To obtain a specific license, application must be made to OFAC.

For more information, see the official U.S. regulations regarding travel to Cuba (the Cuban Assets Control Regulations — 31 C.F.R. Part 515), available at U.S Department of the Treasury.

Imagine if you could just plan a trip there like anywhere else?  Cuba does have tourism infrastructure including various all-inclusive resorts. CNBC had the CEO of Crystal Cruises on this morning discussing new port calls in Cuba for cruise passengers.  Just imagine the possibilities.

 

Please do share your thoughts below.